Aisle View: Ghosts at BAM

April 13, 2015 3:08 AM

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Dedicated theatergoers who try to see the best of the best are hereby alerted, during this ridiculously overloaded April, to make a quick detour to Brooklyn. Ibsen's powerful Ghosts is the play; director Richard Eyre provides an altogether gripping production; and Lesley Manville's portrayal as Helene Alving makes for indispensable viewing. Given that this is a brief engagement of only twenty-nine performances at the BAM Harvey Theater, it will necessarily reach a limited audience. Connoisseurs of fine acting will do themselves a favor and be part of that audience.

The excellence begins with Eyre's adaptation, which streamlines the play--it flies by in an intermissionless ninety minutes--and freshens what in starchier translations can seem archaic. This production originated at the Almeida Theatre in Islington in the fall of 2013. It transferred to the Trafalg...

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